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The Signs And Symptoms Of Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux, also known as gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD, is a condition where foods and or liquids get into the stomach and esophagus by regurgitation. The esophagus is another name for the tube that goes from the mouth to your stomach. This can cause damage and inflammation due to stomach acids. Because it is a chronic condition, the disease is a part of daily life for many suffers.

The body has natural defenses against GERD. Saliva, gravity, and swallowing while in the upright position, helps the symptoms that arise. Because regurgitated liquid tends to flow into the stomach while standing, gravity plays a major part in the role. Saliva contains bicarbonate which neutralizes the acids. The salivary glands produce this substance. By swallowing, refluxed liquid is forced back into the stomach.

Other factors play a role in causing the condition. Pregnancy is one of them. Due to the increased level of hormones, pressure is lowered in the esophageal sphincter. The growing fetus also plays a part by causing pressure to increase in the abdomen. Connective tissue diseases are also the cause for GERD. These weaken the esophageal muscles.

Other than the above being mentioned, there are many factors to the cause of this condition. It simply varies between each individual. Hiatal hernias, esophageal contractions, and the lower esophageal sphincter are some of many. Abnormalities of the lower esophageal sphincter or LES are often the majority of the problem. Smoking and obesity increase the chance of GERD

Common symptoms are heartburn or a burning sensation in the chest. This is increased when lying down, eating, or bending down. Nausea can sometimes be associated after eating. Many notice the condition being worse at night than during the day. Sore throat, coughing, wheezing, food regurgitation, and difficulty swallowing are other symptoms that might be experienced.

Some changes in your diet and lifestyle may prevent the effects of GERD. Alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, citrus, tomatoes, and spicy foods are all culprits. Avoid these foods and beverages whenever possible. Lifestyle changes include losing weight if you are obese, avoiding tight garments against the waist, reducing stress, and sleeping with your head elevated.

Relief with antacids can be taken and may help. Diarrhea and constipation are side effects from these over the counter products and might occur in some people. They also do not give the individual relief for very long.

There might be certain medications that can worsen the effects of this condition. If this happens, talk with your doctor. Some of the prescription medications include beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, progestin, sedatives for anxiety or insomnia, tricyclic antidepressants which are used for depression, and dopamine active drugs.

There a few tests that might be performed by your doctor when checking for the complication. An Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD is one of them. This test examines the esophagus for damage. A thin tube with a camera on the end is inserted through the mouth and passes through small intestines and stomach. Barium swallow, esophageal manometry, and monitoring the esophagus are included. A stool sample may be given. This is used to locate any blood that might be due to irritation of the esophagus.

Treatment is available for those who suffer. As with any condition, make sure you talk to your doctor if you are experiencing the signs and symptoms associated with acid reflux. Treatment methods and testing may vary between different doctors and individuals.

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I developed esophagitis due to GERD,
….which, in turn, is invariably, aggravated by prolonged computer use.

Then, I’d take coffee for the severe migraines caused by computer use,
…but the coffee would then aggravate the esophagitis ACUTELY.

So (due to severe headaches) I compromise, by mixing a tiny amount of coffee (or coffee plus chicoryRoot) with molasses, milk, and Nevella, and additionaly take an Ibuprofen tab.
Soy milk might be healthier, since, like molasses, it’s supposed to alkalize.

then after that, I also try apple cider vinegar and/or baking soda which many people say are more effective for GERD than “official stuff”

Basically, it’s like balancing on a tightrope.
I.E. coffee for the headache (but only a drop),
the rest of the junk for the heartburn that’s caused by coffee

If I get the chance, I’ll try low acid coffee.
That may solve the issue to a degree.

I have suffered with heart burn since I was about 15 years old.
I’ve had an ulcer cured by antibiotics in hospital for 7 days when I was 23. I’m now 38 and have had bad heart burn all along; I then noticed I had bad breath too.
I tried a few things but didn’t really get anywhere. A friend told me to get advice from Oraltech Labs as it worked for him. Interestingly Oraltech Labs specializes in bad breath but considers Bad Breath, Halitosis, Post Nasal Drip, Dry Mouth, GERD and heartburn as a single health issue and have you treat all of them in your own home by yourself. It mentioned most people who complain of one problem actually had most or all of the other problems but didn’t know it. So it gets you to attend to all of them as missing one usually results in the return of the other. Anyway I’ve been following there advice for about 2 months now I feel much better even sleep better, so I think people suffering from any of the 5 problems to consider giving Oraltech Labs a go. I now know I had most of the problems it focuses on and each problem was helping the other problem.

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